American Politics

The field of American Politics at The University of Maryland includes the study of Congress, voting and participation, public opinion, race and ethnicity, political parties, interest groups, state and local politics, courts, political development, the Presidency, and the contextual effects of factors such as di

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Comparative Politics

The field of Comparative Politics at the University of Maryland is diverse, with particular strengths in the comparative study of conflict, institutions, environmental politics, and political economy.


International Relations

The field of International Relations examines the dynamics of the political and economic relationships between governments, their citizens, and non-state actors in a globalized environment of exchanges and communication.

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Political Methodology and Formal Theory focuses on different approaches to empirical political research—including statistical modeling, experimental approaches, and qualitative research—as well as mathematical techniques of theory development such as game theory, social choice, and formal modeling.

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Political Theory

We address the ‘voice’ of political theory (as Michael Oakeshot, has put it) in the historical ‘conversation of mankind.’  However we are mindful of problems in the tradition that need to be addressed by newer forms of understanding and interpretation.  Our faculty has a wide familiarity with a variety of metho